Pros: work/life balance and benefits were decent. company is trying to improve.
Cons: no product direction, poor management, good 'ol boys conservative culture
I only lasted 6 months at Parata before leaving and here is why: There was zero product management at Parata. It may be changing with a new VP of Marketing, but I have my doubts since there is still no leadership solely for Product Management - it is still under Marketing. I was brought on to lead a new focus on bringing a defined product management – more... approach to Parata, yet was the only product manager in a company of 350 employees. I quickly realized that I was being stonewalled at almost every opportunity by management of the Engineering dept. Examples: I was kept from meeting with software engineers and Engineering management would change the product road map with no feedback or approval from me. Ultimately, as a Product Manager, I could not do my job.
Also, the company takes on way too many initiatives in its goal-obsessed quest to grow. Most come from Sales requests or Engineering desires with no real market feedback or need being considered. Instead of focusing on the critical few objectives and making them impactful, the numerous projects stretch the staff to breaking point and wind up being watered down in the end.
Lastly, what other other reviews have said about management is spot on. Many are related, either by blood or marriage. Also, the culture is very conservative (read Republican) and views are expressed openly, which may rub some folks the wrong way.
In all fairness, the new VP of Marketing may be turning things around and actually bringing product management in to Parata, but if you are a Product Manager I would make sure you know what you're getting yourself into before accepting a position at Parata. – less